Jokowi asks for prioritization of state spending on domestic products in Q3

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his instruction to the Cabinet members to accelerate government spending to restore the national economy, asking them to prioritize spending on domestic products in the third quarter of 2020.“We should put the brakes on spending overseas. Buy, shop and get our own products, so it can trigger the economy and spur our growth,” the President said in a limited Cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.Jokowi said as an example that the Defense Ministry should prioritize spending in state-owned companies such as aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia, weapons manufacturer Pindad and shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia.He said Indonesia was now able to produce much of the medical equipment needed to handle COVID-19 domestically, including medical substances, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, rapid test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE).Read also: Work faster, think smarter, Jokowi tells Cabinet“Don’t spend anything outside, let alone masks, which we produce a lot of. We produce 17 million units of PPE per month, compared to 4 to 5 million units that we actually use,” Jokowi said.The President hoped his Cabinet could accelerate state spending with simpler procedures, especially those with big budgets, such as the Defense Ministry, the Social Affairs Ministry and the National Police.“I am now monitoring ministries’ spending on a daily basis — by what percentage it increases. The third quarter is key. Once it can leverage the growth, the fourth quarter will be easier and next year will also be easier,” he said.Closing his instruction, the President reminded his Cabinet to work above and beyond to meet the needs of the wider community, stressing that distribution of stimulus packages must be accelerated.“Don’t assume that we are in a mediocre situation. I see that social assistance has been good, but economic stimulus to both small-to-medium and big businesses and that in the health sector need to be improved,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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Iloilo, Negros Occ. among richest provinces in PH

first_img* Caloocan City – P18.381billion The 10 richestmunicipalities: * Caluya, Antique – P2.161billion * Carmona, Cavite – P1.969billion * Pasay City – P18.278billion Here are the 10 richestprovinces in the Philippines, according to COA: * Tanay, Rizal – P2.014billion * Compostela Valley – P19.615 billion * Iloilo – P11.442 billion * Palawan – P11.277 billion * Makati City – P230.833billion ILOILO City – Iloilo andNegros Occidental were among the 10 richest provinces in the country, the 2018annual financial report on local government units (LGUs) of the Commission onAudit (COA) showed. * Bukidnon – P15.278 billion * Cebu City – P33.884billion Negros Occidental, on theother hand, ranked No. 6 with assets reaching P14.446 billion – over P2 billionhigher from its 2017 assets of P12.889 billion. * Pasig City – P38.985billion * Rizal – P18.076 billion * Davao City – P16.259billion * Laguna – P11.587 billion * Batangas – P18.186 billion “Iloilo also receivedgrants from the national government through the Philippine Rural DevelopmentProject (PRDP) and Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) forinfrastructures projects such as roads and bridges,” said Umadhay.center_img * Calamba City – P12.606billion * Cebu – P35.659 billion * Calaca, Batangas –P1.876 billion./PN * Taguig City – P24.536 billion * Zambales – P11.241 billion * Quezon City – P87.285billion The provincial governmentalso earned from the auction of some of its disposable properties, Umadhayadded. * Mariveles, Bataan –P3.016 billion The 10 richest LGUs: Contributing to theincrease in Iloilo’s assets were the revenues raked in by the provincialgovernment’s local enterprises such as district hospitals and the stepped upcollection of real property taxes, according to Jean Marie Umadhay, head of theProvincial Treasurer’s Office. * Negros Occidental – P14.446 billion * Sual, Pangasinan –P2.805 billion * Sto. Tomas, Batangas –P2.566 billion * Binangonan, Rizal –P2.218 billion * Silang, Cavite – P1.9billion * Cainta, Rizal – P4.437billion With asset reachingP11.442 billion, Iloilo ranked No. 8 – up by some P1 billion from its 2017’sP10.045 billion assets. Assets that COA referredto covered cash, buildings and infrastructures among others owned by theprovincial government. * Manila – P40.711 billionlast_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history: ‘We will all cry’

first_imgQuite possibly no one is more excited than Ron Baechle.When you go to your first Blues game you encounter the usual: pregame videos to pump up the crowd, games played on the Jumbotron, goal songs and celebrity sightings — in St. Louis, that means the likes of Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer and Nelly. All those traditions span across the other 30 NHL arenas, but there’s one that’s very specific to St. Louis. You see, Baechle is  “The Towel Man,” and after every Blues goal, under a spotlight, he leads 19,000 fans in counting how many goals the Blues have scored and then throws a towel to the crowd below. MORE: Jim and Pam from ‘The Office’ a house divided over Bruins vs. Blues”Twenty-nine years ago when we went to Peoria [Illinois] to watch the Rivermen, which was the farm team associated with the Blues,” Baechle told Sporting News while standing under the Al MacInnis statue outside Enterprise Center, “a gentleman by the name of Pete Martin would stand up and wave a towel, and it was neat and then after four, five, six and you’ve seen 10,000 people counting these goals, it was like, this is pretty cool.buddy and I had seats in towel man’s section at the blues game last night! 🏒🏒 pic.twitter.com/pUmHvX1ZWD— Rob Woke Up And Its 2019 (@STLHometownHero) March 12, 2017″So we brought it back. We talked about it. I walked around the section I was in and talked to about a dozen people, and said, ‘They do this in Peoria, we’re going to try and start it here.’ So we started doing it.”I had partial season tickets so it took about three years for it to catch on. You could see it build from section to section to section because there was no Jumbotron; you had to just see what was going on beside you. So the third year it completely made it all the way around the arena and it just started to become something fun and a tradition.”Towel Man is a Blues tradition. At Game 4, little kids shyly asked for his autograph, adult fans went up to him to take a picture with him.”I remember as a kid the Towel Man before he was official,” Dr. Naomi Copeland — who traveled down from Chicago to attend the game with her father — said after taking a picture with him for the first time. “This guy up in the nosebleed section coming out after every goal with his towel shouting how many [goals] we had, then throwing his towel with enthusiasm.”He’s now officially a part of Blues history and Blues fandom.” As you walked closer to the arena, you could begin to hear the chanting — “Let’s Go Blues” and “We want the Cup.”The fans went home happy that night after watching their Blues secure the franchise’s first home win in a Cup Final. Now, after a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Bruins in Boston, a city that has been waiting 52 years for a championship may just get its wish.How to watch Bruins vs. Blues Game 6″The Cup will be in the building. It’s the closest my team has ever come,” fan Brad Lee noted via text message Friday. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this time it doesn’t feel like an oncoming freight train. I’m optimistic, which is a weird feeling as a Blues fan.”I’ve been a fan for 30 years. I’ve often joked I have always loved the team and it hasn’t always loved me back. It feels different this time. It feels like this is it. And then we will all cry.”The Game 6 edition of our fan-run program is in work. You could call it a can’t miss. Hard copies will be available all afternoon Sunday, but you can get the PDF Saturday afternoon anywhere in the world for $4. Email gtbradlee at gmail for details. pic.twitter.com/PD5BBO9bSs— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) June 7, 2019A victory by the longest-tenured team that has never won the Stanley Cup would register well beyond the borders of Missouri. St. Louis Game Time, a 24-page fan-run paper that has been sold outside Enterprise Arena for almost 20 years, has readers across the globe — in Seattle, Miami, Afghanistan and Japan. For Lee, who has served as the publisher since 2013, this moment is one that seemed impossible just six months ago.MORE: The Blues are in the Stanley Cup Final and we’re just as surprised as you”There was a very rough stretch, it basically stretched from December into February because, you know, a lot of people didn’t know if it was real or not,” Lee said at the Game Time tailgate prior to Game 4. “There was a tweet we sent out the first week of January and it was, basically, we were watching the postgame show with (Blues Hall of Famer) Bernie Federko on Fox Sports Midwest and he said, ‘You know what? Maybe this win means they’re turning the corner.'”I quoted him and said, ‘I can’t believe they say they’re turning the corner.’ And people were responding that when they won the Western Conference, like, ‘Oh, that aged well,’ and I was like, it was January. How much has happened between January and now? A lot.”By the by, this is from January 3rd. That’s not the mythical Philly game. It’s a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Caps. So if we’re looking for a monkey’s paw…— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) May 18, 2019It is a pretty good story. As everyone has heard by now, the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo in November, hired Craig Berube, still struggled and were dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3. Then, as Federko said, they turned the corner, winning 11 consecutive games. They finished third in the Central Division and defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks in the West playoffs on their road to the Stanley Cup Final.”I moved here in 1973. I’ve been a season ticket holder since ’74,” Dr. Garry Vickar told Sporting News outside the arena on Monday. “I grew up in Canada, in Saskatchewan, dreaming about being at an NHL game.  To me, being at an NHL game was at first a dream. Now, a Stanley Cup … tremendously exciting.” (Jackie Spiegel) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/78/towel-man-fan-blues-060819-jackie-spiegel-ftrjpeg_1ntspwx6fy8wp17eep3jufyj7k.jpeg?t=956049915&w=500&quality=80 Blues fandom runs deep. It stretches generations and across the globe. Fans came from Israel, Chicago and even Boston.”I’ve been going to hockey games with my dad since I was a little kid and when we saw that this was happening, first of all, this is once in a lifetime,” said Kari Ceicys, who flew in from the Bruins’ hometown for Game 3. “First time in 49 years, last time was against the Bruins with the big old Bobby Orr, so I wanted to be a part of that magic and really wanted to get behind the team, the boys in blue. When we found that this was going to happen we were going, we were going. There was no other options about it.”The Enterprise Center has definitely been rocking. These fans have been waiting for this moment since the city was granted an expansion franchise to begin play in the 1967-68 season.  ST. LOUIS — It wasn’t even 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, and Market Street, one of the roads that run parallel to Enterprise Center, was packed.There may have been two hours until puck drop for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but Blues fans were out in full force. There were Tarasenkos and Twists, Hulls and a lot of MacInnises; fans with hair painted blue standing in front of a statue of Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, sporting a Blues jersey. (Getty Image) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/93/st-louis-blues-fans-060819-getty-ftrjpeg_42xt20plcm2m1n1z0pyeemnla.jpg?t=958206771&w=500&quality=80 MORE: SN Q&A with former Blues enforcer Cam Janssen”The fact that we’re in a Stanley Cup, I mean this is the pinnacle,” Towel Man said with a smile. “Such a great story, this team, this year that we need to finish the book. . . .  When the NFL, unjustifiably so, took a football team away from us [when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016], it was so nice to see the baseball team coordinate with the hockey team and become, if we’re not hockey we’re baseball. . . . They’ve got a great model to come after [since the Cardinals won a World Series in 2011].”But a Stanley Cup would just mean so much, so much to this city.”last_img read more

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All-Star Game should be celebration of current season, not just parade of ‘superstars’

first_img“It’s the All-Star team, not the All-Three-Month-Sample-Size team!” Or this classic: “The fans didn’t pay good money to see guys they’ve never heard of!”Sorry. I don’t buy it. The All-Star Game is a celebration of the best in the sport, sure, but it’s also a reflection of the current season. I want to see the Jack Armstrongs of the baseball world step onto the biggest and brightest midseason stage for a chance to shine. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNArmstrong, you might remember, was a 25-year-old Reds right-hander who came out of nowhere — he owned a career 5.33 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) over two years heading into 1990 — and bulldozed his way through the National League in the first half of the season. When he took the mound at Wrigley Field and threw the first pitch that night, Armstrong owned an 11-3 record, a 2.28 ERA and 1.099 WHIP for Cincinnati. Remember, at the time those were the statistics that mattered; we didn’t have WAR or FIP or any of the other wonderful evaluation tools/stats available now. Armstrong got the starting nod over more established veterans having good seasons, guys like Frank Viola (the 1988 AL Cy Young winner who had a 13-3 record with a 2.20 ERA for the Mets) or Dennis Martinez (who had a 2.84 ERA for the Expos).It was Armstrong’s first All-Star nod, and turns out, his only All-Star nod. He quickly became the poster boy for the “Superstars only!” crowd, largely because his career took a dive. After throwing two shutout innings against the AL, he had a 5.96 ERA in the second half of the 1990 season — though he did throw three shutout innings in Game 2 of Cincinnati’s stunning World Series sweep of the mighty A’s — and a 5.48 ERA in 1991 before he was traded. He had a 4.54 ERA over the next three years, for Cleveland, Florida and Texas and tossed his final MLB pitch just 41 days after his 29th birthday. Armstrong’s first any only All-Star appearance looks like a fluke in retrospect.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterBut you know what other players made their first All-Star appearance that year? Hall of Fame talents Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Roberto Alomar and Barry Bonds, and other multiple-time All-Stars, including Sandy Alomar Jr. (six All-Star games), Matt Williams (five), Dennis Martinez (four), Randy Myers (four), Cecil Fielder (three), Lenny Dykstra (three), Rob Dibble (two) and Ellis Burks (two). Those players all had better careers than Armstrong, no doubt. But that doesn’t mean they deserved to be in Chicago more than Armstrong on that July day in 1990.I love that Armstrong was in that group. Sure, it was good fortune on his part that the best three-month stretch of his career just happened to line up in a way that put him in position to have the honor of starting the All-Star Game for the National League. But why is that a bad thing? I love that the All-Star Game gives any player — the stars and the unknowns — a chance to step onto a big stage. That’s a good thing. Yes, it’s great when the game celebrates the superstars, but the game will always have superstars. Superstars produce great numbers on a regular basis, and they deserve to be at the Midsummer Classic. That’s why they’re superstars. But they don’t get a free pass into the contest. RIVERA: Reds, Padres highlight the best of the meh-st in first halfLet’s look at one current example. Jose Altuve is one of the very best players in the sport, of course, and if I’m starting a hypothetical franchise and picking a second baseman to put on my roster, he’d probably be my very first choice. But if I’m looking at the three finalists for a starting spot at second base for the 2019 AL All-Star team, he’s third behind Tommy La Stella (zero ASG) and DJ LeMahieu (two).  I realize that I’m probably in the minority here, but I love that Jack Armstrong started the 1990 All-Star Game for the National League. Why bring up a random starting pitcher from an exhibition game nearly three decades ago? Because we’re getting close to the time All-Star rosters are announced, and you’re about to hear the same grumbling we hear every year about the composition of those rosters.  La Stella and LeMahieu are having superior seasons, in part because Altuve’s spent time on the injured list and has only 196 plate appearances. LeMahieu has a 3.2 fWAR and La Stella’s at 2.1, with Altuve back at 0.8. The All-Star Game will survive without Altuve for one season, and in La Stella’s case, a trip to Cleveland for his very first All-Star appearance will provide a career highlight he’ll never forget. Give me Ketel Marte over Mike Moustakas at NL second base, or Jorge Polanco over Carlos Correa at AL shortstop, or Joey Gallo over Aaron Judge in the AL outfield. Give me celebrations of players having breakthrough seasons. Let’s celebrate the best of the 2019 season at the 2019 All-Star Game.last_img read more

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Life after a ballot loss

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The hard road to Congress Some 47 candidates with scientific training, all Democrats, decided to run for a seat in the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives. Most were political novices, and 30 didn’t survive primary elections held earlier this year in every state. Based on their highest degree, the group included: Phil Janowicz (back right) joins in on a selfie with former Vice President Joe Biden (center) during Biden’s recent campaign stop in southern California. It wasn’t long ago that these five scientists were running flat-out for a seat in the House. They were part of a wave of Democrats hoping their scientific training could help the party recapture the House and oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in Congress. But all of them lost in their state’s primary elections earlier this year—and within weeks they had returned to the world they knew before taking their first stab at electoral politics.Not Phil Janowicz. The former chemistry professor at California State University in Fullerton also lost his primary—but he’s still consumed by electoral politics. Rather than stumping for himself, however, Janowicz is working to elect Gil Cisneros, the Democrat standard bearer for California’s 39th congressional district in next month’s general election. He’s also drawing on his experience as a first-time House candidate to educate other novices about running for office.A life-changing experienceUsing a broad definition of a scientist, Science identified 47 candidates seeking a House seat this year who had training or work experience in a scientific, technical, or health field. Of those, 30 didn’t make it past their state’s primary election. They learned the hard way that their resumes and stances on particular issues were often less important than high name recognition, strong ties to party regulars, and access to a large pool of donors and cash. Most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) candidates lacked all three.For each of these scientists, running for Congress was a life-altering experience. But each House race is unique, and every candidate walked away with a slightly different take-home message.Westin, for instance, was disappointed when he finished third in the March Democratic primary for the seventh congressional district in Houston. He can’t shake the feeling that an attack on one of his opponents by the national Democratic party, just days before the primary, generated a backlash that carried her past him and into a run-off election against the top Democratic vote getter.Although that outside intervention left a bitter taste in Westin’s mouth, within 2 weeks he was back at work, reclaiming duties he had ceded to colleagues when he cut back to 1 day a week to conduct his campaign. His patients took a little longer to adjust to his defeat.“I’d come in to talk about their treatments,” he says, “and they wanted to talk about how they were disappointed I had lost. I had to say, ‘Let’s talk about your cancer first.’”Even so, Westin says his year on the campaign trail made him a public figure and created “this public side to my persona. Now, I’m seen as someone who has worn multiple hats. And the political hat has not disappeared just because I’m no longer a candidate.”That exposure could make it easier to run for office again, he acknowledges. “I was on TV, I was endorsed by the local [Houston] paper, I’m recognized by people at the grocery store, and my connection to political powerbrokers and potential donors has been strengthened,” he says.His defeat taught him a hard but important lesson. “For a scientist wondering how to lower those barriers, the only way to do that is to run,” he says. “Until you put your foot in the water, there’s no way to judge how warm it is.” Meet the scientists running to transform Congress in 2018 9 Greg Bartlett Email Life after a ballot loss By Jeffrey MervisOct. 17, 2018 , 1:00 PM with M.D. with D.M.D. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) D.M.D. Primary winners Start sooner next timeWilson pulled off a stunning upset in the March Texas primary over Joseph Kopser, who had outspent her by a 20-to-one margin and who enjoyed the backing of the political establishment. But she received only 31% of the vote in a four-person field to win the Democratic nomination for the 21st congressional district. That result triggered a runoff 2 months later in which Kopser’s enormous advantages in resources, visibility, and volunteers translated into an easy victory in a district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio, Texas, and encompasses a large rural area to the west.In hindsight, Wilson says she should have realized that the first round of voting represented a political high-water mark for a campaign built on her progressive stances and outsider status. If she were ever to do it again, she says, she’d start preparations a lot sooner and cast a much broader net.“You need to anticipate not 2 years in advance, but maybe 4 years in advance,” she says of running for office. “That gives you 2 years to cultivate the support of party officials, both local and national. Those contacts can help you cultivate the support of high-end donors even before you declare.”That those relationships also need to be mutually beneficial, she says. Immediately after her defeat, Wilson criticized the party’s national campaign organization, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), for trying to push district voters toward Kopser in the runoff.Five months later, on the eve of the general election, she feels the DCCC has failed to capitalize on the enthusiasm that she and other House candidates throughout the state had generated among rank-and-file voters. “I think they were not prepared for the energy shown by the average person who wanted to get involved,” she says. “They need to pay more attention to what is happening at the grassroots level.”Where can I sign up?Janowicz was also the victim of some sharp elbows thrown by national Democratic party leaders trying to winnow the field in advance of the California primary on 5 June. The DCCC’s goal was to prevent Republicans from taking the top two slots and shutting Democrats out of the general election.Janowicz bowed to that pressure, ending his yearlong campaign just 3 weeks before voters went to the polls. Even so, he has been bitten by the political bug in a way that promises to change his life.“The night of the primary, Gil’s campaign called me and invited me to their victory party,” Janowicz says. “We talked for 45 minutes. And the next day I signed up with his campaign.”And that’s not all. Janowicz is also director of the newly created Democratic Unity Center in Brea, California. Its goal is to coordinate the field activities of area candidates at all levels, as well as offer instruction to those thinking of taking the plunge. “This is how the blue wave gets created,” says Janowicz, who is also trying to raise enough money to support the fledgling organization through election day.Janowicz honed his fundraising skills during his campaign, which required him to spend several hours every day calling up potential donors. He got pretty good at it, but his war chest never matched those of his opponents, including Cisneros, a U.S. Navy veteran who became a philanthropist after winning a $266 million lottery jackpot in 2010.After dropping out, Janowicz immediately channeled his energy into a failed effort to prevent a Democratic state senator in the district from being recalled as part of a Republican backlash against a gasoline tax. Since then he has plunged even deeper into local party affairs, becoming a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and, somewhat ironically, serving on its endorsement committee.“I am certainly not done with electoral politics,” Janowicz says about his own political ambitions. “But I don’t what the next step might be.”A Cisneros victory next month could create an opportunity, he admits. “Everybody needs a good science adviser.” Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe  Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidates. Insurmountable obstaclesDiMasi found those waters to be quite chilly. An experimental physicist who studies the structure of materials, DiMasi decided to take on her local Republican congressman, Representative Lee Zeldin, because of his vocal support for Trump and his stance on any number of issues about which she cared deeply, from protecting the environment to health care and immigration.But DiMasi had no ties to local political groups in New York’s first congressional district, no network of potential donors, and no clue how to run a campaign. Those were insurmountable obstacles to getting out her message, and she finished last among five Democrats in the June primary. Equally important, she realized afterward that she didn’t much like retail politics, including the give and take of wooing voters and the bravado needed to convince volunteers and donors they were backing a winner.Having left Brookhaven to run, she’s now looking for a job. She wondered whether to list her campaign on her resume, worrying that her political advocacy might turn off some prospective employers. But she decided to include it because, “That’s part of who I am and what I’ve done.”Her need for a steady income has prevented her from doing more to help the Democratic nominee, Perry Gershon, who faces an uphill battle in the solidly Republican district. Her chosen profession also puts a damper on any type of political activity, she notes.“Being a scientist is not a part-time job,” she says. “Aside from working for the government [which precludes partisan political activity], any job that I take will probably consume all of my time. It’s not like being an attorney, where you can take off a year or work part time so that you can run or get involved in a political campaign.”Clashing worldsSeveral of the defeated candidates expressed a similar regret. They say the reward system in science is antithetical to anyone thinking about entering politics.“The legal world, for example, values service in other areas and understands the importance of having an impact on policy questions,” notes Eric Ding, a public health epidemiologist who lost in the Democrat primary to represent the 10th congressional district in and around Harrisburg. “In academia, the thing that matters most is your next grant. And publishing is seen as the only way to engage with the public.”Ding says that wasn’t the case for him at Harvard, where he says departmental leaders encouraged his forays into public health advocacy. Ding has resumed a position there as a visiting scientist after leaving to run for office. And he’s not sure what lies ahead. “I’m not a traditional academic scientist,” he says, “and I still have political aspirations.”Postelection decompressionSheehan’s decision to run for Congress was a reaction to “getting kicked in the gut” by the 2016 election. And the political novice got a few breaks early on: The Democratic front-runner bowed out after he was accused of sexual harassment as a state legislator, and the incumbent Republican decided not to run and later resigned, after having used congressional funds to settle a harassment complaint. Then a court declared Pennsylvania’s current congressional districts were illegal and came up with a new map that reshuffled the political deck.The realignment turned a yearlong marathon campaign into a 10-week sprint for her and nine other Democrats running in the newly drawn fifth congressional district outside of Philadelphia. Sheehan finished fourth, behind two lawyers with large war chests and a longtime politico.She gave herself 6 weeks to decompress before returning to Brian Chow’s laboratory to churn out some papers before her postdoc ends in December. And that’s as far as she can see at the moment. “It’s not something that I can put my family through again at this point,” she says about another run for office.Her academic career is also on hold. “It made sense for me to finish up and leave because I’m not going to be applying for any faculty positions next year,” she says about what had once been her obvious next career move. And she understands that most academic employers would expect her to be devoted to her career.“I’d be less sure about leaving bench science if there was the possibility of finding a part-time position,” she muses. But given the tight job market, she doesn’t think such an arrangement is realistic.She hasn’t lost her interest in civic engagement, however. Next year, she hopes to work with area high schools setting up STEM incubators for their students. And she sees a silver lining in her race: Both candidates in the general election are women, assuring an end to Pennsylvania’s current all-male, 18-member delegation. Physicist learns hard lessons about money and leadership in U.S. politics center_img Master’s 12 ScienceInsider’s coverage of the 2018 U.S. elections has featured profiles of several candidates with scientific backgrounds running for the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as stories about the challenges those candidates have faced on the campaign trail. This week, we will be profiling three more candidates appearing on the 6 November ballot. Today’s story looks at what those who lost in the primaries are doing now and what they have learned from their experience.Biochemist Molly Sheehan is finishing her postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason Westin has resumed running clinical trials and is seeing a full load of patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.Physicist Elaine DiMasi is looking for a job that taps her 20 years of experience as a project manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Epidemiologist Eric Ding is planning to continue his public health advocacy while he’s a visiting scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. And mathematician Mary Wilson continues to be pastor of her nondenominational church in Austin. Defeated but unbowed: Two Pennsylvania scientists regroup after primary loss M.D. The science candidates: races to watch in 2018 1 Ph.D. J.D. The science vote 9 Bachelor’s (GRAPHIC) N. DESAI/SCIENCE; (DATA) CAMPAIGN WEBSITES/314 ACTION/COOK POLITICAL REPORT 14 with J.D.with Ph.D.with master’swithbachelor’s 2 A house too far: Two scientists abandon their bids for Congresslast_img read more

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